Critiquing Film, Television, and More

Quickie: Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957)

Here is one of the many reasons why Stanley Kubrick is my all-time favorite director: the dude was way ahead of his time. In Paths of Glory, Kubrick exemplifies this unworldly talent, concocting a compulsive and cynically champion piece of fictional warfare that marches on its own from the rest of the habitual genre.

Kubrick was hatching plotlines that connected to the heated internal conflicts with the ally, the unveiling of the corruption within the military regime, and the selfishness of comrades before the world ever saw the affair fit for entertainment purposes. He was even filming Saving Private Ryan-like action sequences before the world even had the technology to do so. I swear this dude was time traveling when he made his movies. It would explain a lot.

Verdict: A-

Wow. Michael Douglas is exactly like his father.

“Paths of Glory” is available to rent and buy on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.

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